Nov. 10, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Nai Brown scored 11 points and Nicole Krusen added nine, but No. 6 University of Maryland beat Loyola University Maryland in the season opener, 89-53, at the Comcast Center Sunday afternoon.
Brown led Loyola (0-1) in the last five minutes, putting together a nine-point solo run, and cutting the Maryland lead to less than 40 points. Krusen sunk her final three-point field goal of the contest, before sophomore Jeneh Perry scored the final basket of the game, in the final 10 seconds.
Maryland (2-0) had 49 rebounds to Loyola's 27. The Greyhounds shot 35-percent from the field, while the Terrapins shot 43-percent. Maryland went to the line 35 times, connecting on 82-percent of the shots.
At the beginning of the second half, Maryland went on an 11-0 run after Krusen knocked down her first of two three-point baskets in the second half. The Terps capitalized on two Greyhounds' turnovers during the run, putting Maryland ahead, 59-28, six minutes into the half.
Perry, who led the team in rebounds with six boards, ended the Maryland run with a layup, helping cut the deficit to less than 30 points. The sophomore forward recorded grabbed a career-high two offensive and four defensive rebounds.
An and one opportunity by Maryland's Alyssa Thomas extended the Terps lead to 30, but freshman Lisa Mirarchi responded with a jumper in the paint. Thomas led all scorers, recording a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Alicia DeVaughn also scored 14 points for Maryland, while Brene Moseley and Essence Townsend added 11.
In the first half, Loyola got as close as nine points on three separate occasions, twice on a Brittany Butler field goal, and once on a pair of Tiffany Padgett free throws with nine minutes remaining in the period.
Padgett's charity stripe baskets added to Loyola's five unanswered points, which were spear headed by a baseline three-point basket from Krusen with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half.
Going into the locker room, Maryland took its largest lead of the half, 21 points, on a Devaughn layup that bounced off a players arm and into the basket right at the buzzer.
In the first 20 minutes, Loyola shot 27-percent from behind the arc, as compared to the Terps 20-percent.
Loyola will open its 2013-14 home schedule at Reitz Arena on Thursday, Nov. 14, as the Greyhounds take on the Hartford University Hawks at 7 p.m.